The NHL announced the first wave of All-Star selections on Thursday night. Each team chose one participant to send to Toronto, and the rest will be determined via online fan voting. For Boston the obvious selection was David Pastrnak, fresh off another three point outing against Pittsburgh. Pastrnak is now tied for third in the NHL in scoring and leads the Bruins by 20 points.
With Boston tied atop the NHL standings, Pastrnak should not be the only representative in Toronto. With that being said, who should join Pastrnak at the All-Star Game?
Who Should Be There:
Jeremy Swayman – The Bruins goaltending has been the foundation for their success this season, in large part due to Swayman’s play. While Ullmark has statistically taken a step back from last season, Swayman has been as consistent as ever. His .922 Save %, 2.43 Goals Against Average and 10.6 Goals Saved Above Expected are 4th, 6th and 6th overall respectively. He won’t get as much love due to his 11 Wins being 15th, but those have come in just 19 starts.
Brad Marchand – Being the Captain during a Centennial season should be reason enough, but that’s not all Marchand has. While his 35 points land him just 44th in the league, Sidney Crosby is the only player ahead of Marchand who is older than him. He’s quickly approaching 1,000 NHL games and is still second on the Bruins in scoring. It would be a fitting tribute to the player and the club for Marchand to be voted in to his third All-Star game.
Won’t Get In But Deserve Some Love:
Charlie Coyle – Coyle is quietly having the finest season of his career. Currently riding a six game point streak, he’s on pace for a career best thirty goals and sixty-three points. He’s doing so while shouldering added defensive responsibility and leading the team in faceoffs. He doesn’t have the counting stats to compete with the elite Centers in the East, but his play deserves recognition.
Brandon Carlo and Hampus Lindholm – Individually, neither have a strong enough case to be selected. Together, Carlo and Lindholm are one of the best defensive pairings in all of hockey and deserve some recognition. HockeyStatCards has them atop the Bruins in Defensive Rating and they have only conceded 11 goals in almost 400 minutes as a pairing. They’re also arguably Boston’s top Penalty Killers, having both played over 100 minutes for the league’s third ranked PK unit.
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